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April 7, 1999

Pharmaceutical Benefits Managers and Optimizing Prescribing

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1168. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-13-jbk0407

To the Editor: Dr Monane and colleagues1 evaluated an innovative, large-scale drug utilization review (DUR) intervention designed to improve prescribing patterns and quality of care for an elderly population participating in a mail-order pharmacy owned and operated by a PBM. Strengths included evaluation of prescribing through an online DUR database using explicit criteria to identify potentially inappropriate drug use and computer alerts that triggered telephone calls to physicians by mail-service pharmacists with training in geriatrics and communication techniques.

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